About the JJC Annuitants Association
The organization was chartered in June, 1995.
The Joliet Junior College Annuitants Association (JJCAA) is a chapter of the
State Universities Annuitants Association (SUAA). The organization was founded
to promote and protect the individual and collective interests and welfare of the
JJC annuitants and their survivors by being politically proactive. Service
to Joliet Junior College and the district is also promoted. JJCAA provides
social events for its members and also promotes discussion and participation with
other annuitant organizations in the State of Illinois.
The organization started with 68 members in 1994. Membership now exceeds 280.
is open to all employees and retirees of JJC who are eligible for SURS benefits,
or are receiving SURS benefits. Surviving dependents who are eligible for
SURS benefits and employees who are on disability and receiving SURS benefits are
also eligible to join. Membership in JJCAA also includes membership in SUAA.
Jerry Lewis has served as President since 2005 and succeeds John Corradetti, the
founding President of the group.
Governor Quinn and the Illinois General Assembly passed SB 1 (PA98-0599) described
as Pension Reform. They chose this path because of decades of under and nonfunding
of our pensions. The current governor and legislature, as well as previous governors
and legislatures, chose to use money which should have been dedicated to pension
funds as an alternative to increasing taxes or creating new taxes -- the old “kick
the can down the road” or “let someone else take care of it” syndrome.
So what is the answer to solving the billions of dollars in unfunded pensions? Pass
pension reform which places the total responsibility of replenishing these funds
on the very backs of those from whom it was stolen! Listed below is the impact of
SB 1 as listed by SUAA:
the loss of Automatic Annual Increases (or the common used acronym COLA) as agreed
in negotiations with the State of Illinois;
the implementation of skipping AAI payments based on the age of the SURS employee
at the time of retirement;
the salary cap on earnings in calculating pension benefits;